Inspection Reports



In September 2013 The Holme Primary became an academy with The Good Shepherd Trust.  As a new school we did not have any OFSTED reports initially.  However, in keeping with good practice The Good Shepherd Trust employ an OFSTED inspector to visit the school each term and monitor its progress.

In May 2015 we received a full OFSTED inspection.  We were delighted with the report and felt it was a true reflection of the school and of the huge progress we have made since the last inspection.  The report means that the school is no longer of concern to OFSTED and represents a significant step forward on the school’s journey towards becoming an outstanding school.  The report acknowledges the strong leadership of the headteacher, improved teaching and achievement and praises pupil’s behaviour and attitudes to learning. There is no room for complacency - the report correctly highlights the legacy effect of substandard teaching in the past and underlines the importance of measures we have in place to make sure our pupils have the education they deserve – but it is a privilege to be a part of this school and we would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of everyone involved as we look ahead to the future.


For the full report, please click here.


On October 22nd 2015 we were visited by an HMI inspector who judged that we are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.   It was a very positive visit and we are very pleased with the acknowledgement of our hard work and strong outcomes.  The inspector identified our strengths as: 


  • our high expectations, which are clearly communicated
  • improved teaching
  • effective systems to support teachers in making good use of assessment and feedback
  • positive middle leadership,  with leaders rising to their new challenges
  • supportive governing body who also provide challenge to school leaders


 For the full letter, please click here.



In addition to OFSTED inspections, as a Church of England school we have a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection  of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection.  In April 2016 we were judged to be Good.  Noted strengths include:

  • the clear leadership and vision of the headteacher which has significantly enhanced the Christian distinctiveness of the academy.
  • the growing links with the local church which have strengthened the spiritual development of the pupils.
  • the high quality of the relationships within the academy which underpin all its work.

Key Actions are:

  • highlight the Christian values of the academy more strongly so that pupils are more fully aware of their contribution to the academy’s Christian distinctiveness.
  • involve pupils more in the planning and leading of collective worship in order to develop their spirituality.
  • consider further how religious education (RE) lessons can be planned to ensure pupils are given opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to their own lives. 


For the full report, please click here.